Dispatching from Switzerland

Some of you have wondered why postings are light and there was no Friday Link Pack. It’s because I am on vacation! Every summer I take my kids to Switzerland and indulge in fresh air, sausages, hiking and swimming. I am trying to spend as little time as possible on my computer. Thanks for understanding. You can follow my adventures along on Instagram. Make sure to check my stories.

Waving from the Alps!

What Do You Do For Fun?

I was asked yesterday “What do you do for fun?” I had to think. Spend time with my kids. Sit on my stoop. Host dinner parties. I couldn’t come up with a typical ‘hobby’ though. My work is my passion and is FUN.

And then this morning, I read this Tweet:

I need a hobby.

Role Models Podcast

I appreciate the intention behind the Role Models Podcast: Interviewing women with inspiring careers so more women feel encouraged to aim higher.

And I am honored I was asked to be on it. Here’s the most recent episode with yours truly.

Thank you David for your thoughtfulness and making this so easy for me. Also, I talk a mile a minute.

13 Years!


13 years ago today I started this labor of love. And, I yet have to grow tired of it. Thank you for reading. I appreciate you. So much!

Happy my blog birthday to you!

Looking to Hire a Product Manager

What if, there was a place on the Internet that:

– Optimized for opportunities instead of advertisements
– Was more interested in how you show up as a human, than how your data shows up in an algorithm
– Believed online experiences should feel more like face-to-face interactions

I believe in this version of the internet and am looking for a Product Manager who does too.

Join a group of big-hearted humans who care and want to build the LinkedIn for the creative world, called CreativeGuild.

Apply here!

Personal News: Introducing The CreativeGuild

I am ANXCITED over what I am about to share:

For nearly a decade CreativeMornings, an organization I started, has been bringing together people who are driven by passion and purpose, who support one another, and are collectively raising the bar on what it means to be creative.

Today, we’re launching the CreativeGuild where we will be translating our face-to-face community values to an online network for creatives. We like to think of it like LinkedIn, but for the creative world. .

This is something I wished existed 19 years ago, when I first moved to NYC and would Google ‘design studio NYC’ to find companies to apply to. All these years later, there is still no broad directory of creative companies, until now.

The CreativeGuild will start out as a global directory of creative companies and jobs but with an ambitious product roadmap ahead of us that will make it evolve into much more, a place for creatives to meet, that will open doors to new connections and opportunities. (The individual profiles will undergo a major upgrade next!)

Where other social networks are leaving me wanting more; more connection, more inspiration, more control over my data – we’re taking what we have learned with our face-to-face events and are aiming to create a more human experience.

What if, there was a place on the Internet that optimizes for opportunities instead of advertisements? An internet that is more interested in how you show up as a human, than how your data shows up in an algorithm? An internet that believed online experiences should feel more like face-to-face interactions?

I believe this version of the Internet can exist. Help me make it a reality.

Join the CreativeGuild.

Seth Godin Facebook Live

Seth Godin had me as a guest on his Facebook live today. What an honor!

He is the force behind numerous bestseller books, the creator of AltMBA. Watch his CreativeMornings talk and see his magic.

This Laundry Soap!

I don’t think I have ever raved about a laundry detergent. Until now: This laundry soap by Zum Clean makes my laundry and my house smell delightful. I discovered it thanks to my friend Camella. Every time I’d hang out with her or visit her house I’d wonder why she smells so good. We “sniffed around” until we realized it was her laundry detergent! :)

NITCH

I have a new favorite website and Instagram account to get lost in: NITCH.

Brompton Bike

After years of dreaming of owning a Brompton Bike, the day has come. I am actively researching which model and which features I want. This spring I will be cruising through Brooklyn on my very own Brompton.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have caught this post from last October, when visiting Minneapolis for the AIGA conference, one of my followers Martha, offered to take me on a Brompton tour through the city. I said yes and proceeded to bike with this wonderful, big hearted stranger. Now she is a friend and I want a Brompton. :)

Do you own one? Have any recommendations? I admit, I am intrigued by the new Electric Model.

Happy My Birthday To You

It’s a new year and as of today, I am a year older. Wishing you all a good start to 2018. Thank you for stopping by and reading!

And, happy my birthday to you!

Add Light

Extraordinary Routines

Honored to be the latest feature over on Extraordinary Routines.

My Adobe MAX Talk

What an honor to have been invited to speak at Adobe MAX last week! And how delightful to find the talk already available online! In this talk I cover some of the values I base my companies on, my approach to being a leader of multiple companies and 9 of my favorite interview questions. This is by far the longest, most honest and personal talk I have ever given. I hope you enjoy!

You can watch all of the other talks here.

Job Alert: Part-Time Studio Manager

Come join my team! I am looking to hire a part-time studio manager for my wonderful co-working community Friends Work Here. The ideal candidate has a big heart and enjoys making people feel welcome and connected, loves keeping a space tidy and being surrounded by creative minds. As the studio manager of FWH you set the tone, are the soul of this community.

Leadership

The Wake Up

Last week I signed up to a new newsletter called The Wak Up, run by Sally Rumble who has been educating herself on race relations, racial justice, white supremacy, and privilege in America over the past eight years.

She is sharing what’s she’s learned and guiding us through this difficult and confusing time. Please do yourself a favor and sign up for The Wake Up Newsletter.

My heart is bleeding over this morally corrupt administration and recent developments in Charlottesville. I am grateful for Sally’s guidance in understanding what actions I can take.

I am writing this while vacationing in Switzerland. It’s surreal to follow what’s happening in the US from afar. My heart hurts.

It’s Still Summer!

I am off to the Swiss Alps today! Posts might be lighter than usual during the next two weeks. But don’t you worry, I’ll be back refreshed early September! Dig into my archives to find some old gems by clicking on “Show Category Filters” above. Happy Summer everyone!

My Favorite Interview Questions

When I talk to my friends who run companies or are in hiring positions, I usually ask them for their favorite interview question. Here are some of mine that I collected over the years:

  • – Why do you want this job?

    – What do you know about us?

    – What did you like about your last job? Why did you leave?

    – Tell me something about yourself that I can’t find out on Google!

    – Who do you admire?

    – What’s a reason why I should not hire you?

    – What do you do when you’re not working?

    – What’s something you’re bad at that you really wish you were good at.

    – What’s your favorite part of your current or previous job?

    – What’s your secret superpower?

    – When was the last time you wore a costume? And what was it?

    – What’s the shittiest job you’ve ever had?

    – What are you learning right now?

    – How do you organize your closet?

    – What would the title of your autobiography be?

    – Tell me about some people you’ve helped in your career.

    – I’m going to give you 5 minutes. Teach me something new. Anything!

    – If I was to ask your friends 3 words to describe you what would they be?

    – When is the last time you went out of your way to do something nice for someone?

    – What are the biggest values you think your parents taught you?

    – When is it okay to break the rules?

    – What is an article or book you read recently that changed your mind about something?

    – If you had a magic wand, what would you like to be know for?

    – Give me a single sentence to tell our CEO about you when I see her later today.

    – If you weren’t getting paid for what you do, would you still be doing it?

    – How does this position relate to what you really want to be doing?

    – What do you dream of?

    – What is the thing that breaks your heart?

    – What are you pretending you don’t know?

    – What do you want?

  • Do you remember being asked an interesting interview question? What was it?

    UPDATE: Inc.com featured 10 of my favorite interview questions after seeing this post.

    Yours Truly on the Clever Podcast

    Jaime Derringer (of DesignMilk) and Amy Devers, the charming forces behind the Clever Podcast interviewed me a few weeks ago and the episode just went live. This is certainly the most vulnerable and personal interview I have ever given. Gulp.

    We Are All Counting On You!

    A few days ago I walked into the bathroom in our office building and saw the above situation played out. I took a photo and posted it on our internal Slack channel, expressing my frustration. My studiomate Jeff, took it to the next level and got quite philosophical.

    “Dear person who thinks this is OK, I assure you that when you figure out how to break through whatever is holding you back from putting the roll of toilet paper on the axle, there is no telling what you can achieve in life. You can do it. We’re all counting on you.”

    Made me smile.

    Chronological

    Heartbroken

    Feeling A Bit Like This